Sunday Oct 16, 3-1 Cowboys @ 3-2 Cardinals

QB Terry Nofsinger in to replace Charley Johnson struggled badly

Today’s game will feature the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys traveling to the 3-2 St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Birds have second best offense so far this season and the Cowboys have the second best defense in the NFL behind the Rams. Who by the way just laid an egg against the Vikings, giving up 24 points in the loss. Dallas won the coin toss and the Cardinals are lined up and ready, let’s get this one underway. 

~ 1st Quarter ~

St. Louis with the kick … Jim Bakken sends this one deep about 6 yards into their endzone and Dallas will not run it out. Dandy Don will get the start for the Cowboys this afternoon … quick snap … Dan Reeves for 5 yards. Handoff to Reeves again … nowhere to go … falls forward for a yard and that’s it … 3rd and 4 for the Cowboys. Meredith has struggled throwing the football so far this season … he has completed only 48% of his attempts … the Cowboys need him to play better to stay in the hunt for the Eastern title. Don Meredith with a short floater to Pete Gent on a speed out … gains 5 yards on the play … 1st and 10 from the Dallas 31. Reeves on a toss sweep going right … bounced off one tackle and turns the corner for a 10 yard gain and another Dallas first down. Dallas back to pass … good protection on the play … flings it out to Bob Hayes and Hayes makes the grab but he fumbled the football after a big hit by the cornerback … Jerry Stovall dives and recovers the football … Cardinals get the first turnover of the ball game.

After the turnover it’s first and ten for St. Louis near midfield. Johnny Roland off tackle for 5 yards … running for football will be hard today against the stout Dallas front four which leads the NFL against the run giving up a mere 2yds per attempt. Charley Johnson swings it to the left side … hauled in by Billy Joe Conrad … and he’s hit out-of-bounds at the Dallas 44 yard line … small pickup of 2 yards … 3rd and 3 for the Red Birds. Charley Johnson back to pass … under pressure and rolls out of the pocket … fires to Jackie Smith and he makes the grab at the 28 of Dallas! Johnny Roland tries the left side … AND THE COWBOYS ARE THERE EN MASSE … no gain … tough slogging in the trenches … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Dallas 28. Dallas is blitzing … Johnson had to hurry his throw to Billy Gambrell … incomplete. Charley Johnson drops back to pass … can’t find any one open and now he’s going to run … forced out of bounds right at the line of scrimmage … 4th and 10 and the Cardinals are sending in the field goal team. St. Louis Cardinals are looking at a 35 yard field goal attempt and here’s Jim Bakken with the kick … clean kick but its start to drift … its drifting off to the right … NO GOOD … the wind got hold of it and pushed it off to the right.

Don Meredith throws a screen to Dan Reeves … he has it … juggles it … and DROPS IT … and it’s incomplete … its 2nd and 10 from the Dallas 28 yard line. Don Perkins glides through the line … spins off a hit … darts left … and finally hauled down … big gain of 17 yards … 1st and 10 from the Dallas 37. Dan Reeves on a counter … quickly over the line of scrimmage … leaps a tackle … but loses his footing and is hauled down … gain of 10 yards … 1st and 10 from the Dallas 47. The Cardinals are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Encroachment). It’s now 1st and 5 from the St. Louis 48 yard line. Cardinals digging in … Don Perkins carries it … hits the line … and there are just too many Cardinals there a 1 yard gain on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 4 from the St. Louis 47. Cardinals are flagged again … this time its offside’s and that will give the Cowboys a first down at the 42 of St. Louis. Dan Reeves on the carry … just a yard on the play. Meredith at the line … calling an audible … back goes in motion and Meredith is back in the pocket look deep down field to the Hayes … over threw him … it’s hard to over throw a bullet … incomplete. Don Meredith with a quick toss to Frank Clarke … he makes the catch … and now he dives forward and stretches out the ball to the St. Louis 39 yard line … 2 yards on the play … we have flags out on the field. Offensive penalty and the Cardinals will decline it … 4th and 7 from the 39 … long field goal attempt but Dallas is sending in Danny Villanueva anyway.  Danny Villanueva’s attempt from 46 yards out comes up short … the Cardinals will have a chance to return it as they can field it at about the 5 yard line … Roy Shivers returns the missed field goal attempt 14 yards … to the St. Louis 19 yard line.

With 4:44 to go in quarter one, we still have no score. Roland inside for 4 yards … not a bad run on first down for the Cardinals. Johnny Roland lugs the football … trying to cut through the line … but the Cowboys keep the holes closed … no gain … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 6 from their own 23. Charley Johnson … with the double-clutch … now he throws to Jackie Smith … almost intercepted … it’s incomplete … Cardinals now face a 4th and 6 and will punt the football again. St. Louis is set in punt formation … Jackie Smith takes the snap and gets the punt away … 42 yard punt by Smith. Mel Renfro fields it at the Dallas 35 and returns the punt 23 yards to the St. Louis 42 yard line.

Dallas is in great field position here in the closing minutes of quarter number one. Meredith looking to setup the screen pass … Cardinals crash through and sack him for a yard loss before he could get the ball out. Dan Reeves … feeling his way as he moves forward … side-steps a hit … and now he’s caught and flung out-of-bounds … that’s a pickup of 3 yards … it’s now 3rd and 8 from the St. Louis 40. Don Meredith … throws to Buddy Dial … and it’s incomplete … … good defensive play by the Cardinals defender to break that one up … … the Cowboys now face a 4th and 8 and another wasted field position for Dallas … they will punt. Johnny Roland won’t get to this one as it goes out-of-bounds let’s see where the officials spot it … OH, MY!! It’s spotted at the St. Louis 3 yard line.

Fullback Willis Crenshaw gets right up the middle and he hits clobbered in the end zone … FUMBLE! The football is rolling around in the endzone … there’s a mad scramble for the ball … George Andrie for Dallas recovers the fumble for the touchdown!  The point after is good and the Cowboys defense comes up with the first points of the ball game … Dallas 7 St. Louis 0 with 49 seconds to go in the first. Danny Villanueva with the kick off … this one will be taken about a yard into the St. Louis end zone … Roy Shivers returns the kickoff 27 yards … to the St. Louis 26 yard line. Johnny Roland bounces to the outside … reverses direction … leaps over a tackle and is spilled to the turf … a gain of 3 yards … 2nd and 7 and that will end quarter number one. This ball game has been as advertised … a real defensive battle so far.

~ 2nd Quarter ~

Johnny Roland … quickly over the line of scrimmage … leaps a tackle … but loses his footing and is hauled down … a pickup of 7 yards … its 1st and 10 from the St. Louis 36. Johnson hands off to Roland once again … hit in the backfield for a loss of 2. Willis Crenshaw carries it … right side of the line … and his offensive line just isn’t up to the task as the Cowboys come in waves a 1 yard gain … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 11 from their own 35. Dallas showing blitz … Charley Johnson with a quick throw to Billy Gambrell … he makes the catch and is hit out-of-bounds … only 2 yards on the play … the Cardinals will punt. Jackie Smith gets off a short 26 yard punt … Mel Renfro calls for the fair catch and Dallas will start 1st and 10 from their own 37 yard line.

Don Meredith under center making the call and flags come out …Illegal motion by the Dallas … 5 yard penalty. Draw play to Dan Reeves … just 2 yards and a cloud of dust. Don Meredith … throwing off his back foot … right on the money to Frank Clarke at the Dallas 43 and he’s quickly wrapped up at the Dallas 47 yard line … gain of 12 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Dallas 47. That was Meredith’s best throw of the ball game so far. Don Meredith takes the snap … quick drop … throws to Dan Reeves and he’s hit and downed at the St. Louis 49 yard line … just a gain of 4 yards. Don Perkins running behind the right guard … held up by the St. Louis defensive line and now hauled down from behind … a 1 yard gain … it’s now 3rd and 5 from the St. Louis 48. Don Meredith is rolling out to the left … throws to Bob Hayes and its incomplete … 4th and 5 from the St. Louis 48. Johnny Roland near the sideline and the punt goes out-of-bounds at the St. Louis 17 yard line.

Charley Johnson throwing deep to Jackie Smith and it’s incomplete. Charley Johnson had Jackie Smith open down the middle but just led him a bit too far. Charley Johnson … puts some touch on it  … over the linebacker and caught by Johnny Roland at the St. Louis 25 … he’s tripped up at the St. Louis 28 yard line … a gain of 11 yards … its 1st and 10 from the St. Louis 28. There is some confusion by the Cardinals in their alignment … flags fly for delay of game on the offense … the Red Birds can ill afford dumb mistakes like that. Charley Johnson dodges a hit and dumps it to Billy Joe Conrad … trying to make something out of nothing and he’s tripped up at the St. Louis 28 yard line … that’s a short gain of 5 yards … it’s 2nd and 10 from the St. Louis 28 yard line. The Cowboys defense has been smothering the Cardinals this first half. Johnson tries to hit Jackie Smith and again over throws the big tight end … 3rd and 10 forth coming. Charley Johnson is having a horrific afternoon throwing the football with another miss fire to Sonny Randle on 3rd down and the Cardinals will have to punt again. Mel Renfro fields the punt at the Dallas 31 … dropped on the spot.

Don Perkins taking it off-tackle … right side … bounces off a hit … now shifting further to the right … and slammed down … a pickup of 3 yards … its 2nd and 7. Bob Hayes … will try the right side on a reverse … hit behind the line and the Cardinals are all over him … that will be a loss of -2 yards … Dallas is looking at 3rd and 9 from their own 32. Don Meredith drops back to pass … can’t find any one open and now he’s going to run … heading towards the sideline and he’s shoved out for no gain … the Cowboys now face a 4th and 9 and will punt. Danny Villanueva takes the snap and gets the punt away a high 40 yarder and taken by Johnny Roland … calls for the fair catch … and St. Louis will start 1st and 10 from their own 28 yard line.

Charley Johnson drops back to pass … pressure from the outside … and the football is batted out of Charley Johnson’s hand … that’s a fumble … Willis Crenshaw recovers the fumble … 2nd and 21 from the St. Louis 17 yard line. Johnny Roland carries the ball … side-steps a hit and now he’s dragged down … that’s a gain of 5 yards. Charley Johnson takes the snap … it’s a play-action pass … AND THE O-LINE CAVES IN … Johnson scrambles back to the line of scrimmage and the ball comes out … anyone’s football now … Bob Lily recovers the fumble for Dallas at 22 yard line of St. Louis.

Dan Reeves carries it off-tackle … nothing there and the Cardinals hold him to no gain. Don Meredith throws to Frank Clarke and he is double covered … incomplete … Don Meredith had Frank Clarke open but just led him a bit too far … 3rd and 10 from the St. Louis 22 and we are at the two minute warning. St. Louis showing man-to-man coverage … Don Meredith airs it to Buddy Dial … caught at the St. Louis 14 … and he’s quickly pounced on at the St. Louis 8 yard line … a pickup of 14 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the St. Louis 8. Dan Reeves running it up the middle … NOTHING THERE … JUST A PILE OF BODIES… and St. Louis holds him to no gain … it’s now 2nd and goal from the St. Louis 8 with 57 seconds to go. Don Meredith with a mis-direction play … throws left side to Don Perkins and he’s wrapped up at the St. Louis 4 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 4 yards … it’s now 3rd and goal … Dallas calls their 1st Time-Out … that stops the clock with 00:44 left … before half-time. Don Meredith throws to Frank Clarke and its incomplete … Frank Clarke and the St. Louis defender, battled for it but neither could come up with it … 4th and goal to go from the St. Louis 4 … Dallas is sending out the field goal unit. The Cowboys are looking at a 11 yard field goal attempt and Danny Villanueva’s field goal from 11 yards is almost dead center … IT’S GOOD and that will extend the Cowboys the lead … it’s now 10-0 for Dallas. Danny Villanueva with the kick off … … … and the Cardinals will field it … at the St. Louis 6 … Roy Shivers returns the kickoff 28 yards … to the St. Louis 34 yard line and that’s the end of the 1st half.

What defensive game this has been so far. Dallas after having multiple opportunities with great field position could only manage three points in the first half by their offense. St. Louis has reported that they will bench Charley Johnson in the second half and replace him with sixth year man Terry Nofsinger, the Cardinals need to find a spark of some kind.  

~ 3rd Quarter ~

Danny Villanueva with the kick off and the Cardinals will field it at the St. Louis 10 … Roy Shivers returns the kickoff 24 yards to the St. Louis 34 yard line. The Cardinals are assessed a 15 yard penalty for Holding … It’s now 1st and 25 from the St. Louis 19 yard line. Johnny Roland … looking for a seam but there’s nothing there and he’s brought down … that will be a loss of -1 yard … it’s 2nd and 26 from the St. Louis 18 yard line. Dallas will not give an inch on the ground today. Terry Nofsinger fades back in the pocket … short throw to Billy Gambrell … he makes the catch and is immediately brought down … short gain of 7 yards … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 19 from their own 25. Terry Nofsinger drops back to pass … PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE … and Terry Nofsinger scrambles for 3 yards … the Cardinals now face a 4th and 16 … another three and out for St. Louis. Mel Renfro calls for the fair catch and Dallas will start 1st and 10 from their own 41 yard line.

Dallas with a man-in-motion … Don Perkins carries it … stiff-arm … cuts right … and now he’s up-ended … a pickup of 6 yards … its 2nd and 4. Dan Reeves gains 6 yards off the right tackle and we have two players fighting down there … Flags are flying. The Cowboys are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Unsportsmanlike Conduct). It’s now 2nd and 19 from the Dallas 32 yard line. Don Meredith … flushed out of the pocket … throws to Frank Clarke who pulls it in and gets blindsided at the Dallas 36 yard … that was a cheap shot by Cardinals free safety and we have flags flying again and tempers as well. The Cardinals are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Unnecessary Roughness) … and it’s an automatic 1st down for the Cowboys. Things are getting pretty heated down on the gridiron as both teams are frustrated not being able to move the football. Dan Reeves on a mis-direction play and the Cardinals take the bait … streaking down the sideline and pushed out-of-bounds … big gain of 19 yards and that will move the chains as it’s 1st and 10 from the St. Louis 30. Don Meredith completes a short pass Don Perkins but he is stopped right at the line of scrimmage. Dan Reeves carries it … off-tackle right side … breaks a tackle … passed the line of scrimmage … and brought down after a gain of 6 yards … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the St. Louis 24. Dan Reeves will take the handoff on a draw play … left side and he’s dragged down behind the line of scrimmage … loss of -1 yard. The Cowboys are setting up for the field goal attempt … BAD SNAP … its over the heads of the holder and the kicker… loose ball from an errant snap …  mad scramble for the ball and it looks like the Cardinals have it … at the St. Louis 36 yard line … Chuck Walker recovers the fumble for St. Louis and another miss fire for Dallas.

Johnny Roland taking it outside the tackle … loses his footing … and dives head-first … now touched down for a 1 yard gain … it’s 2nd and 9. Terry Nofsinger getting flushed out of the pocket and he’s sacked by Leroy Jordan … loss of 5 yards … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 14. Terry Nofsinger sends a man-in-motion … takes the snap … throws to Billy Joe Conrad … and it’s incomplete … trying to force it between three defenders … 4th and 14. Bob Hayes calls for the fair catch and Dallas will start 1st and 10 from their own 37 yard line with 7:35 remaining in the 3rd period of play. This has to be one of best defensive games I have ever played with APBA Football … it’s amazing how accurate this game is.

Dan Reeves with the football … trap inside and he pops it for 8 yards. Reeves again inside … he’ll lose 2 yards on the play. Don Meredith … with a long count … now he takes the snap … throws to Buddy Dial … and it’s knocked away by the St. Louis defender … 4th and 4 from the Dallas 43. Johnny Roland … calls for the fair catch … and St. Louis will start 1st and 10 from their own 16 yard line.

Johnny Roland hits the line … and breaks through … shakes off a hit … and now he’s sent tumbling to the turf … a pickup of 7 yards … its 2nd and 3. Johnny Roland carries it … and his front line collapses … he’s tackled behind the line of scrimmage … that’s a loss of -2 yards … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 5 from their own 21. Terry Nofsinger … pump fake … now he throws to Billy Joe Conrad … and it’s incomplete … … the Cowboys looked like they KNEW what was coming … the Cardinals now face a 4th and 5. Mel Renfro fields the punt at the Dallas 39 … no return.

Meredith this Bob Hayes for just 2 yards … Hayes had an open field but slipped and fell down. Don Meredith curls out of the pocket … dumps it off to Don Perkins at the Dallas 43 … spins off a hit … and now he’s slung to the turf at the St. Louis 49 yard line … a pickup of 9 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the St. Louis 49. Don Perkins is the ball carrier … has an opening … AND THAT CLOSED FAST … he’s tackled after gaining 3 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 7 from the St. Louis 46. Don Perkins carries the pigskin … passed the line of scrimmage … pivots inside … and now he’s tackled after a decent gain of 9 yards … and that will move the chains! The Cardinals are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Encroachment). It’s now 1st and 5 from the St. Louis 32 yard line. Don Perkins running left … and tripped up and sent sprawling … just passed the line of scrimmage … a 1 yard gain … it’s now 3rd and 5 from the St. Louis 32. St. Louis is showing blitz … Don Meredith … throws to Pete Gent … and it’s incomplete … the Cardinals hurried Don Meredith into that throw. The Cowboys now face a 4th and 5 from the St. Louis 32 and will attempt a field goal.

~ 4th Quarter ~

From the 32 … the football will be spotted at the St. Louis 39 yard line and the Cowboys are looking at a 39 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Danny Villanueva with the kick … … and it’s … … NOT EVEN CLOSE … WAY OFF TO THE RIGHT … NO GOOD !! … he really shanked that one … … the Cowboys  fail to widen their lead … the score remains … Dallas 10 … and St. Louis 0 …  the Cardinals will now scrimmage at their 20.

Prentice Gautt plows straight ahead … bounces off … now trying the right side … and he’s drilled to the turf … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10. Terry Nofsinger … throws to Billy Gambrell … and it’s incomplete … …  the Cowboys defender was all over Billy Gambrell … and may be fortunate that pass interference wasn’t called … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 10 from their own 20. Terry Nofsinger … throws to Sonny Randle … and it’s incomplete … … Sonny Randle caught it … but was hit out-of-bounds … before he could get both feet down … … the Cardinals now face a 4th and 10 from the St. Louis 20. Lots of hang time and Mel Renfro has no chance to return this one and the Cardinals will down it at the St. Louis 42 yard line … that was a horrible punt.

Meredith with a play action pass … throwing long to Dan Reeves and he makes the catch in stride for a 42 yard touchdown! The PAT is good and the Cowboys are out in front 17 to 0. Roy Shivers returns the kickoff 9 yards to the St. Louis 9 yard line and the Cardinals will be staring deep in their territory.

Terry Nofsinger … throws to Billy Joe Conrad … and it’s incomplete … … Billy Joe Conrad caught it … but was hit out-of-bounds … before he could get both feet down … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the St. Louis 9 yard line. Johnny Roland carries it … he’s trapped behind the line of scrimmage … tries to reverse direction … and he’s snowed under … that will be a loss of -1 yard … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 11 from their own 8. Terry Nofsinger … complete to Jackie Smith …  for 16 yards … he’s hit … and fumbles the football …  at the St. Louis 24 … Cornell Green recovers the fumble for Dallas at the 24 yard line of St. Louis.

Don Perkins carries it … and hit behind the line by three Cardinals … and stopped dead-in-his-tracks … that will be a loss of -1 yard … that sets up a 2nd and 11 from the St. Louis 25. Don Meredith drops back to pass … PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE … and Don Meredith scrambles for 21 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the St. Louis 4. Don Perkins is the ball carrier … he runs for a 4 yard touchdown. And now the Cowboys will setup for the conversion … and Danny Villanueva’s point after is good. Dallas has this game in hand up 24 to nothing with 9:25 to go. Roy Shivers returns the kickoff 31 yards … to the St. Louis 43 yard line.

Terry Nofsinger … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Jim Colvin … and that’s a loss of 4 yards … that sack by Jim Colvin makes it … 2nd and 14 from the St. Louis 39 yard line. Terry Nofsinger … throws to Billy Joe Conrad … AND IT’S JUST OUT OF HIS REACH … incomplete … … St. Louis is looking at 3rd and 14 from their own 39. Terry Nofsinger’s pass for Sonny Randle… is PICKED OFF !!! … the Cowboys have the ball at the Dallas 41 yard line … Mike Gaechter returns the interception 25 yards … to the St. Louis 34 yard line.

The Cardinals are playing run … Don Perkins tries the left side … AND HE’S SMOKED BEHIND THE LINE … that’s a loss of -2 yards … still some pride left on the Cardinals defense. Don Meredith drops back in the pocket … short throw to Bob Hayes … he makes the grab … and is brought down immediately … that’s a small gain of 4 yards … it’s now 3rd and 8. Dan Reeves running free in the secondary of St. Louis and Meredith found him for another touchdown pass … his second in the ball game. The Cowboys are defeating the Cowboys 31 to 0 with just 5:30 to play. Roy Shivers returns the kickoff 57 yards … to the Dallas 35 yard line.

Johnny Roland running straight ahead … gets a block … and now the Cowboys bring him down … a hard pick up of 14 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Dallas 21. Johnny Roland carries the football … swallowed up at the line … and the Cowboys hold him to no gain … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the Dallas 21. Terry Nofsinger pumps … throws short to Jackie Smith … and he’s swallowed up at the Dallas 18 yard line … a small gain of 3 yards … it’s now 3rd and 7 from the Dallas 18. Cowboys shuffling at the line … Johnny Roland punches his way forward … spins off a hit … and now pulled down … that’s a small gain of 2 yards on the play … the Cardinals now face a 4th and 5 from the Dallas 16 and they will go for the first down. Terry Nofsinger … throws to Billy Joe Conrad … and it’s incomplete … … Terry Nofsinger felt the Cowboys pressure coming from the outside … and just unloaded it … … St. Louis turns it over on downs … and the Cowboys have the football at the Dallas 16 yard line.

Dallas has two minutes to burn up and get out of St. Louis with a solid win of their division rivals. Dan Reeves trying to get to the outside corner … AND HE WON’T GET THERE … as the Cardinals pull him down at the line of scrimmage for no gain … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Dallas 16 yard line. Dan Reeves carries the pigskin … passed the line of scrimmage … pivots inside … and now he’s tackled after a decent gain of 10 yards … its 1st and 10 from the Dallas 26. Dan Reeves right up the middle … he’s tripped and dives straight-ahead and that does it … the final score … the Dallas Cowboys 31 and the St. Louis Cardinals 0 … until next time, this is CBS signing off from St. Louis.

Actual Score: Dallas 10 at St. Louis 10
APBA Replay Score: Dallas 31 at St. Louis 0

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